On February 9, Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D. OH) visited the North Olmsted Democratic Club’s monthly meeting. The Congresswoman who currently represents Ohio’s 13 congressional district, introduced hers self to new democratic voters in a new congressional district. Democratic congressional representative Dennis Kucinich is currently representing North Olmsted, but because of mandatory redistricting by Ohio state legislatures, Mr. Kucinich will no longer represent the mostly middle class blue-collar suburb of Cleveland.
Ms. Sutton is vying to represent the new 16th congressional district that covers parts of Portage, Summit, Wayne, Medina and Cuyahoga counties. She successfully won election to the United States House of Representatives in 2006, when Sherrod Brown vacated his seat to successfully run for the United States Senate. Jim Renacci, a freshman Republican congressional representative currently represents what is currently known as the Ohio 16th district.
Congresswoman Betty Sutton, in speaking to the friendly crowd, emphasized that the upcoming election was pivotal, not only to local voters, but to state and the nation. Congressman Renacci’s election 2 years was an ugly battle between himself and John Boccieri. That election was a showcase for Republican smear ads and personal attacks that left many voters disgusted or apathetic with politicians.
The coming election will be important for congress, United States Senate and the President of the United States. Ms. Sutton, a native of Barberton, knows the Republican Party will come after her now. A strong showing by energized Democrats will led her to victory, while helping in the reelection of Senator Sherrod Brown and President Barrack Obama. The United States Chamber of Commerce is already polluting the airwaves in support of Renacci, yet the general election is 9 months away.
Ms. Sutton said that voters are not asking for anything special from their elected officials. They just do not want government on their back, but they do want government on their side. She emphasized that congress must work together, not as it has in the last 2 years of obstruction and name calling, because, “Politics is on the verge of consuming the ability to govern.” The last remark brought on a serious and loud round of applause.
As expected, the larger than normal crowd at the monthly meeting of the North Olmsted Democratic Club was warm and receptive to Congresswoman Betty Sutton and her remarks. As the meeting concluded, several members sat and talked, over coffee and cake, about the upcoming election. All agreed important races and issues were at stake in their community and around the nation. . In addition, old-timer remarked, “I have been through so many elections and they were all important, but this year’s might be the most important one of my lifetime.” No one at the table could disagree with him.
Contributing Editor ~ Gabriela Waechter – A Professional Member of Q Global News